Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Friday, October 3, 2014
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 10: Abortion out ... God in
Dear Deacon John,
Five 40 Days for
Life vigils have taken place outside the WomanCare abortion center in
Lansing, Michigan. But local leaders in Lansing decided there would not
be a sixth.
They didn't sign up for the current campaign because they knew the facility’s lease was expiring on September 30 – and the new tenant would be a local church!
On Tuesday, the abortionist backed his truck up to the building … removed all of his belongings … and locked the door for the final time. As of now, there are no plans for him to re-open in a new location.
This is the 59th abortion facility … where a 40 Days for Life vigil has been held on the sidewalk outside … that has closed its doors permanently.
Here are some of the details that illustrate how God's timing is not always our own.
Faithful people have prayed outside WomanCare for years – praying that one day, abortions would cease.
Tombelli, who led the last three 40 Days for Life vigils in Lansing
described it, in the first chapter of this story, “a community came together
with a great desire to defend babies and to help men and women
challenged with unplanned pregnancies. Prayers for hope, healing, mercy
and grace abounded.”
About a year ago, a
procession from the Church of the Resurrection brought hundreds of
people together. They walked the short distance from the church to
WomanCare “to claim it for Christ,” as Cecilia put it. “The community placed its trust in the merciful heart of Jesus.”
It was also about
this time that the Church of the Resurrection was making expansion
plans. “The Lord made clear that our need for temporary office space and
our parish commitment to pray and fast to end abortion might come
together providentially,” said Fr. Steve Mattson, the church’s pastor.
So talks began with the owner of the building that housed the abortion center. It started with a simple question: Would the owner be willing to lease the space to the church instead of the abortionist?
“The abortionist never signed a lease,”
Fr. Mattson explained. “He was going month to month.” The church
offered a 33-month lease – and the building’s owner accepted. Bishop
Earl Boyea then signed the lease.
As of October 1,
the 4,100 square feet of space at 1601 East Grand River in Lansing is no
longer the home of an abortion business. It will now house parish
offices, a chapel and a new pro-life center.
“Thanks be to God!” Cecilia said. “We have been given the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ … and death has been swallowed up! There is no longer an abortion clinic anywhere in Lansing.”
Today's devotional is from Rev. John Ensor of PassionLife.
Day 10 intention
Pray for your
local pregnancy help center: for those who answer calls from women
considering abortion, those who provide ultrasounds, and those who
personally help mothers prepare to parent or place for adoption.
Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
When a woman arrives at her local pregnancy help center, the hard work of "rescuing the weak" begins.
They listen to her. What desperate circumstance is driving her?
They act. A professional ultrasound and medical care is provided.
They pray, "God use us." Then, they take up her burdens and work towards life.
It is cross-bearing for the child-bearing.
Recently, I prayed
for one volunteer who was working with one mother in her struggle. Here
is what "rescue the weak" looked like in this one case:
Aug 3: She made an
appointment for Thursday to get an abortion and while she feels terrible
about it, she also feels like she has no choice. Pray that her heart is
Aug 10: She is 12
weeks along but missed her appointment. She had some good conversations
with people at the pregnancy center. She is now considering adoption.
Aug 13: Things are down again. She now has an abortion scheduled for Monday. Pray!
Aug 17: Missed appointment! God is working in her life.
Sept 1: We've hit
another rocky period. She has an abortion scheduled for tomorrow. She
found out today that her parents are planning a trip to visit her and
she is panicking.
Sept 15: Missed third appointment. But feels like she has no choice. Please pray today
Sept 20: She fears her parents but has agreed to another ultrasound (a breakthrough).
Sept 22: I was
there with her for her ultrasound. She saw her baby moving and made the
realization that she wants to carry her baby.
Please keep praying
against attack by the enemy. We are overwhelmed by seeing God's hand
move in this situation and are so very thankful for the prayers lifted
up by each one of you. God is good!
Father, we praise
you for this one sister who gave herself, heart and soul, to rescue this
one mother and baby. O may you empower the hundreds more today who are
serving in our pregnancy help centers. Grant those answering calls,
providing ultrasound and following up with a bold spirit of truth, love
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